Mercury in Capricorn perceives the reality of the world. Understandably, they insist on being shown all the facts to back up a particular statement, but their natural skepticism sometimes borders on cynicism. With an efficient and organized intellect, this placement is great for administrative tasks, handling information responsibly, planning, managing, and organization; there is a good head for business – it’s clear, trusted, and realistic. The more sensible the individual is mentally, they’ll be unimpressed by exaggerated claims or promises, for speculative thinking is highly mistrusted. The mind has a practical bent and is disciplined, thorough, capable of deep concentration. With this position, there is a preference for being an authority on some subject. Before speaking they will carefully examine their words, to make sure what is said is correct. The individual may be reluctant to express original ideas, if not supported by objective evidence, and proven facts.
Mercury represents communication in all its various forms: the written and spoken word, talking, teaching, writing, lecturing and reasoning. Mercury symbolizes how we learn, think, and communicate, describing what we think about, and how we talk, and how quickly, or slowly, we respond to the written word, text messages, and telephone calls. Mercury also rules our perception of life – how we make choices, decisions, how we digest and process information. Mercury in Capricorn is inclined to look to the past for answers, rather than try anything new and untested. A cautious and skeptical nature often makes learning anything new extremely challenging, and time is needed to apply their ideas in a practical and working form. With Mercury in Capricorn, what is learned is retained for a long time, and the individual is more comfortable with facts and ideas that are traditional and conservative.
The mind can be serious, somber, and pessimistic. The individual enjoys quiet time alone for thinking and reading. Sometimes they can be hard on themselves if silly mistakes are made. Mercury in Capricorn is a born worrier, often imagining the worst possible outcome. The type needs to acknowledge their fears, but not dwell on them. The individual, despite all of this, is persistent, structured and methodical, if not potentially rigid at times. Capricorn sticks to what has been tested and accepted. Mercury’s humor in this sign is dry and ironic, and realistic, it generally sees everything for what it is, and they are not easily deluded. Mercury in this grounded sign will not jump to conclusions and may be wary of ideas that are far fetched or ungrounded. Their thoughts are sober and cautious, and every risk is calculated carefully. Above all, this person would hate to be thought of as stupid, and studies hard to gain respect in their chosen field of interest.